BMW continues celebrations of its 100th anniversary with the introduction of the i8 Celebration Edition that will be produced in highly limited numbers.
Joining the fleet of limited edition vehicles for Japan, like the i3 Carbonight, 7 Series Celebration Edition Individual, and 600-hp M6 Coupe, the vehicle features a distinctive paint scheme and some unique design touches. If it looks familiar to you, it’s because it shares the same Protonic Red body color and Frozen Gray Metallic accents with a special model revealed in Geneva back in March this year. Other notable characteristic of the design is the 20-inch W-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in Aluminum matte and Orbit Grey metallic.
The interior follows the same sporty recipe with red contrasting stitching on the seats, carbon fiber trim and door handles, grey seatbelts, ceramic detailing on the gear selector, and special floor mats with leather piping and red stitching.
No mechanical improvements are reported, which means power is provided by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that includes a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine, supported by an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. Their combined work provides a peak power of 357 horsepower (263 kilowatts), enough for a 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) acceleration in 4.2. Top speed stands at 155 mph (250 km/h).
BMW has plans to produce only 20 examples of the i8 Celebration Edition, each carrying a price of ¥22,000,000 ($197,945).